AnnaLea Kodiak wrote:...we dont want to have to bring in fertilizer or amendments. But I dont get how you could possibly bring soil back to life, or for that matter keep healthy soil from dying.
In the wild, plants grow from the soil, and die and decompose. Animals eat the plants too, but their poop and eventually their deaths put that nutrition back into the soil. It's a closed system. A farm is not. Even if you put every ounce of manure, and every scrap of extra food, back into the land, you're still eating your grown veggies and your livestock's meat. And unless you compost your humanure, all that energy LITTERALLY gets flushed down the drain. Those nutrients dont get put back into the soil, and you can't get something from nothing. No matter how AMAZING rabbit poop is, those rabbits arent going to be able to poop out nutrients unless it came from somewhere (the crops grown in your soil), and some of those nutrients go towards the meat we eat. All I can see is a net loss of nutrients, unless you compost your humanure or buy fertilizer or feed animals with food you bought off-farm.
How the absolute CRAP does this work???
AnnaLea Kodiak wrote: Salt doesnt harm the land? I thought salt was the LAST thing you wanted to put in your soil.
AnnaLea Kodiak wrote:
I thought all salt was bad salt, and heard the warnings "watch for white build up in the soil from fertilizing too much! Salt build up can kill your soil!"